Love / Just Because ~ Links

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LETTERS OF LOVE ~ SHARE GOD’S AMAZING LOVE

Any day is a wonderful time to remind our children not only of our love for them, but also of the incredible love that God has for them which never ends. God loved them and chose them for His own, even before the foundation of the world! And us, too. Yes, you! What an incredible thought. It’s a FREE invitation open to anyone, and the greatest love story that has ever been told. Share this great news with your child.

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In this post you will find FREE Bible verses about love; countdowns; make a big paper hug (love this); words of love and encouragement for your child; mini notes of love and secret treats for kids; ways to share God’s amazing love with others; as well as colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, Danish hearts, activities, games, learn to draw, photo fun, posters, bookmarks and paper gifts and more creative ideas. Some of them are suitable for our sponsored children. Others are more suitable for our own families, Sunday school, or home school students and you can then share a photo of your crafting adventures with your sponsored child. Many of the ideas in here are also perfect all year round, so you might want to bookmark this page for inspiration. Make sure you send extra love for your child to share with their family and friends! Let’s shower our precious children with our love and encouragement and make sure we tell them about God’s great love for them, too.

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The Ultimate Valentine  (Dr Chuck Missler) It was written in blood on a wooden cross erected in Judea almost 2,000 years ago… Yet it was interlaced throughout the history of mankind with a scarlet thread of promises… It began with a declaration of war… When God Himself declared war on the ruler of this world: satan. A cosmic conflict in which you and I are the prizes! …He promised that mankind would be the beneficiary of an ultimate Champion… a Redeemer… As we face the challenges ahead, let us remember – and celebrate – that we are the beneficiaries of the Ultimate Valentine: A Hero of all heroes, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And He sealed your future destiny with His own blood. Do you know Him?

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BIBLE VERSES ABOUT GOD’S LOVE FOR US

Zephaniah 3:17  The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (Over us?! Wow!)

John 15:9  As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.

John 15:13  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

Romans 5:5  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Romans 8:35-39  Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Corinthians 2:9  But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him. (Can’t wait; can you?)

1 Corinthians 13  If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Note: These are the attributes of God. His name fits perfectly. Have you ever tried to substitute your name for the word ‘love’ and see how you measure up? I have. Ye-owch!  :o

(cont…) Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

Colossians 3:12  God loved you and chose you for His own.

This is one of my favourites. I’ve made lots of bookmarks using this verse – why don’t you give it go? Add your child’s name and a pic they will love.

Colossians 3:12-14  You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity.

1 John 3:1  Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

1 John 4:10  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

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BIBLE VERSES ABOUT OUR LOVE FOR GOD

Deuteronomy 6:4-5  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

Deuteronomy 7:9  Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.

Deuteronomy 10:12  And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good?

Joshua 22:5  But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Matthew 22:37  Jesus said to him, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

Ephesians 1:4  Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love…

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BIBLE VERSES ABOUT OUR LOVE FOR OTHERS

Matthew 5:43-44  You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.

John 13:34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

John 13:35  By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

Romans 12:10  Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.

Romans 13:8  Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

1 Corinthians 16:14  Let all that you do be done with love.

Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

1 Thessalonians 3:12  And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you,

Colossians 3:12  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

1 John 3:23  And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

1 John 4:7  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

More Bible verses about love  (blueletterBible; scroll down) Did you know that the whole Bible is one big love story of God’s wonderful love for us? Of course you did!

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VALENTINE ~ COUNTDOWN ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Valentine ~ 16 day countdown  (happyhomefairy) 16 Bible verse wallet cards for kids (2 pages; 8 per page); Turn a heart over each day to reveal a cute card with a heart on it and a Bible verse about God’s love; red, purple, and pink cards with happy hearts and dots; free printable

Valentine – Secret Messages countdown  (eggloeggs) a fun craft and lesson about Jesus’ love and how we show love to one another; make tiny little scrolls with Bible verses on them for kids to unwrap each day; Valentine – Prayer Bouquet craft an easy craft making a bouquet of heart shaped flowers with the name of someone on each flower to pray for each day

Valentine Day – countdown  (tipjunkie) mini envelopes to open each day (as many days as you want) – include notes of love, Bible verses and some little mini treats like stickers

Valentine ~ 14 day countdown  (tipjunkie) 14 mini envelopes placed on a larger heart – include notes of love, Bible verses and little treats to open each day

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VALENTINE / LOVE / JUST BECAUSE ~ COLOURING PAGES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

John 3:16 – colouring  (ministry-to-children) a heart with letters down the centre spelling the word ‘valentine’ to remind your child of God’s great love for us; more John 3:16 – colouring pages; free printable

Jeremiah 31:3 – colouring  (prudentpantry) I have loved you with an everlasting love; words inside a round frame and decorated with hearts; free printable

1 John 4:19 – colouring  (timewarpwife; scroll down almost to the end of the post) We love because He first loved us; words inside a heart rope frame and background decorated with fine detail flowers; free printable

John 15:12 – colouring  (timewarpwife; scroll down to end of post) This is My commandment, that ye love one another as I have loved you; words with fine detail flowers sweeping along the bottom and left sides; free printable

Colossians 3:14 – colouring  (indooroutdoorspace) And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony; words inside a large heart in a doodle style; free printable

A friend loves at all times – colouring  (karladornacher; scroll down) one bird handing another bird a heart; in a sweet country style; Bible verse from Proverbs 17:17; free printable

John 3:16 – colouring  (ministryark) Bible verse from John 3:16 interspersed with the word ‘valentine’, decorated with hearts and a cross; free printable

Jesus loves me – colouring  (Christianpreschoolprintables; scroll down to ‘Jesus loves me Bible coloring page’) a page of hearts in a fun doodle style with these words in 3 separate hearts – Jesus – loves – me; free printable

John 15:13 – colouring  (flandersfamily) Greater love hath no one than this, that one would lay down his life for his friends; words in different vintage style fonts; free printable

1 Corinthians 13 – colouring  (abdaacts) the famous ‘Love is’ Bible chapter with a collage border of birds; free printable

Love One Another – colouring  (fromvictoryroad) with Bible verse from 1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another for loves comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God; decorated with plain hearts and a simple border suitable for boys or girls; free printable

Love – colouring pages  (truewaykids) 3 pages designed for younger children but fine for all ages – Bible verse doodle, a large heart filled with flowers, God holds out His hands towards a map of the world; also available in Spanish and Portuguese; free printable

God’s Love – colouring  (Biblehome) colour your way to God’s Love; alternative link (Bibleparent); free printable

Hearts – colouring pages  (coloringcastle) several pages to choose from – quilt of hearts; one plain heart; fancy hearts; stars and stripes heart; hearts to count; 100 hearts; hearts with words (love, peace); heart with a rose; free printable

Heart – colouring  (frompond) in a fun doodle style; free printable

Hearts – colouring  (dabblesandbabbles) a page of 12 hearts to colour, or to cut out and use for crafts or to make your own cards; free printable

Hearts – colouring  (coloringcafe) a page of hearts to colour decorated in a fun doodle style; free printable

I love everything about you – colouring  (triedandtrue) free printable

God’s Love – colouring pages  (churchhousecollection; scroll down) several pages to choose from – Jesus is my valentine; Jesus lives in my heart; Bee mine, Jesus; for younger children; free printable

Heart – colouring pages  (Dover sample) three sample pages with swirly hearts, bees, butterfly, stars and roses

I love you – colouring  (activityvillage) in a fun doodle style; members only

Jazz up your colouring page  combine or shrink your colouring pages to make a new and unique scene; add a border, a title, a Bible verse and some clip art to make your colouring pages more interesting with this easy tutorial

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VALENTINE / LOVE / JUST BECAUSE ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Love Note to Jesus  (Christiananswers) A heart to colour with room to write a note of love to Jesus; free printable

This is love – coded puzzle  (kimmitzothompson) use the code to figure out what 1 John 4:10 says; free printable

Let’s talk about God’s love – puzzle booklet (paththroughthenarrowgate) to make with word search, maze, crossword with Bible verses from 1 Corinthians 13, John 3:16; Mailbox Love Notes  write a handwritten note of encouragement on these Bible verse cards to let your child know how much you love them and bring God’s heart to your child (with a great idea about a personal mailbox for each child – there are some cool DIY mailbox ideas in the crafts section below that would be perfect for this); free printable

Love – puzzle booklet  (truewaykids) pages of fun for younger children – simple puzzles; also available in Spanish and Portuguese; free printable

If Ye Love Me – copywork  (writebonnierose) trace over a selection of Bible verses about love from John 14 – 15 in print, cursive or manuscript; free printable

Heart shaped – maze  Find the path through the heart to complete the Bible verse from Matthew 22:37 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart; free printable

Hearts for Jesus – worksheet  (overthebigmoon) How do I love thee; let me count the ways; a cute fill-in sheet to send to your child with hearts to decorate; or encourage them to fill it in as a love note for Jesus; free printable

Love is – word search  (kidssundayschool) find words from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 hidden in this puzzle; free printable

Love one another – word search  (sermons4kids) 16 words; Love one another – crossword; Love one another – decode puzzle; free printable

Love – Bible verse tick-list  (Biblejournalingdigitally; scroll to the end of the post to download) a nicely illustrated tick-list of Bible verses about love to look up; free printable

Love is… writing activity for kids  (mrprintables) simple activity sheet for kids; free printable

‘Beary’ Happy Valentine’s Day – hidden picture puzzle  (hiddenpicturespublishing) featuring mommy bear and baby bears decorating with hearts and cut-out bears; 21 items to find; alternative link  (topsytales); free printable

Teddy Bear – jigsaw puzzle  (fellowes) jigsaw puzzle strip of a teddy bear in a hot air balloon, and a polar bear with glasses and hearts; free printable

Love – Bible puzzles for kids  (duckduckgo)

Love bug – maze  (activityvillage) a cute puzzle decorated with bugs, hearts and flowers; members only

Design your own puzzle  choose some Bible verses about love and design your puzzles around them, specifically tailored to suit your child.

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VALENTINE / LOVE / JUST BECAUSE ~ CRAFTS / ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Jesus loves you – thaumatrope  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) a fun optical illusion toy to cut out and make; free printable

Thaumatrope with words, Jesus loves me; free printable optical illusion toy for kids

Heart – craft  (thecraftyclassroom) Bible verses about love printed on heart shapes and put into envelopes; print on coloured or fleuro paper; or print on white paper and decorate; 4 per page; free printable

Greater Love – lesson ideas  (sermon4kids) The Bible says, Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. That is what Jesus did when He died on the cross. He gave his life for me. That is why I say that the cross is the most beautiful gift I have ever received. Jesus is the only one who has ever loved me enough to die for me.

A heart for service – lesson ideas  (ministry-to-children) Let’s teach our kids to think of love in terms of agape, loving others as God does, and to encourage them to look for opportunities for service that will really make a difference in the lives of others, with practical tips on how to do that; Heart pocket – craft  a fun and easy craft project. Idea: fill with heart stickers, Bible verses about God’s love or Psalm 119:11 (about hiding God’s word in our hearts); Teaching about God’s love and loving others  activities, games, craft, lesson ideas; Love – Bible crafts, games, lessons; free printable

Peacock – craft  (meaningfulmama) make a peacock with Bible verse from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 on his tail; a fun and creative way to learn this famous love chapter; free printable

1 Corinthians 13 – craft  (1plus1plus1equals1) another fun and creative way to learn the famous love chapter by making a bouquet of hearts; free printable

God loves the world – craft  (truewaykids) a map of the world, with two large hands and a heart to cut and glue onto it; pages of fun for younger children – story, games, activities, crafts; also available in Spanish and Portuguese; free printable

God’s Love – suncatcher  (eggloeggs) cut out a heart shape and fill it with tiny hearts; add a Bible verse then hang on a loop to make a suncatcher; or put a few onto a mobile; God’s Love – craft for kids a simple craft activity where letters are placed on a cross shape to intersect and form the words ‘love’ going down and ‘God’ going across; add a loop to hang; make a suncatcher or a mobile; Heart Wreath – craft decorate a circle with the words ‘God is love’ surrounded by hearts with sayings about love from 1 Corinthians 13, to help kids celebrate the love Christ brings into their life; more Love crafts for kids; free printable

God’s Love – sun catchers  (Biblehome) colour your way to God’s Love; alternative link (Bibleparent); free printable

Love Heart Tree – craft  (igottacreate) punch out lots of coloured hearts to make this fantastic table decoration for your own family; or send the instructions with a photo for your child to make and decorate for something different (they could make one using a blank sheet of paper and just cutting out heart shapes; or even from leaves)

Love you – handprints craft  (idearoom) stamp 2 finger painted handprints in the shape of a heart; write a personal message or a favourite Bible verse around the edge to form the frame; turn it into an adorable greeting card; very cute and simple; a great one to get your children / grandchildren / students involved

Love you – handprints craft  (kimmitzothompson) a super cute and easy handprint craft with poem that could also be used as a gift to Jesus – I used my tiny hands, to make a little heart. This day is special, a perfect piece of art. I give it to you_____. Will you be my valentine? I made this perfect gift, to ask you to be mine!

A paper hug – craft  (happyhomefairy) a large heart (face) and 2 smaller hearts (hands) joined by a paper strip (arms); make the joining strip long enough to wrap around your child in a hug; very cute and easy to make; decorate with doodles, notes of love, hearts, stickers, etc. This would also work with tracing around your hand, cutting out two copies, and join them with a strip of paper saying, ‘I love you this much’

Send a hug  trace around your hands and forearms, cut them out, cross them over and attach them to the front of a card and decorate; idea: add some Bible verses or messages of love.

Heart – finger puppets  (duckduckgo) just a heart with a face and a couple of finger holes; extremely cute and very simple and easy to make; kids will love these and your kids will love making them. Use card stock, decorate, and you may like to laminate them for your own children/students; include a Bible verse about love on the back; draw a sheet of them for your sponsored child to cut out and make; free printable

DIY Love Explosion Box – craft  (thedatingdivas) when the lid is removed on this little box, the sides “explode” out, with over twenty sides to cover in creative ways. Think photos, pictures, doodles, sweet love notes, and even stickers; a beautiful personal gift to brighten your child’s day, or a gift for them to make and give away; free printable

DIY Mail Box (box shape):  DIY Koala Mailbox – craft  (hallmark) make your own cute mailbox with koala face and fluffy ears; free printable; DIY Love Letters Mailbox  (wonderfuldiy) make your own cute mailbox with fluffy pink edge and heart over the opening; DIY Love Letters Mailbox  (artistshelpingchildren) a small box that looks about matchbox size; free printable

DIY Mail Box (post box postal service style):  DIY Love Letters Mailbox  (sccvh) pink; alternative link  (doodlebugblog); DIY Love Letters Mailbox  with red hearts, xoxo, and overflowing envelopes peeking out

DIY Mail Box (with flag):  DIY Love Mailbox  (splitcoaststampers) with white picket fence; DIY Love Letters Mailbox in pastel colours; DIY Love Letters Mailbox  (damasklove); DIY Love Letters Mailbox  (thedatingdivas); DIY Love Letters Mailbox  (splitcoaststampers) with pink hearts; DIY Love Letters Mailbox  (funfamilycrafts); DIY Love Letters Mailbox  (splitcoaststampers) with lace | how to; DIY Love Letters Mailbox – blank template  (inkstainswithroni) free printable

Ladybug – DIY Love Letters Mailbox  (everydaydishes) using a milk jug, but could be adapted to any shape

More DIY Love Letters Mailboxes  (duckduckgo)

DIY Scratch-off Love Note  (curbly) using silver paint and dish washing liquid; your child will scratch off the silver covering to find your cute personal messages underneath – e.g. 10 things I love about you, or mix and match with Bible verses about God’s love

Hidden in the heart – craft  (childrensministry) to prompt kids to store God’s Word in their hearts; Sharing God’s heart tell a simple story of God’s love (especially for those who may not receive any love notes) while kids fold red hearts origami style; My heart bursts with love for you – craft  lace two hearts together, then fill with heart shapes, stickers or sweets; a fun and easy craft to share the love of God is to cut out pink and red paper hearts, decorate and fold them in half. Write “A note of Love” on the outside and “Love from…” and “Jesus loves you” on the inside; Touching Hearts – party idea  a fantastic way to celebrate God’s love; Share God’s love  (scroll down to number 5) make fun gift bags of love to give away to others; Love Hug – craft and poem  I made this great big hug just for you, To share my love, it’s true. Wrap it around you, all snug and tight, Hold it with all your might. For today and all the year through, God loves you – that’s reason to cheer; more Love – ministry ideas to help your child know God’s love and bless the people around them.

A Note of Love – writing activity for kids  (amyjdelightful) cute mini envelopes with sweet pastel hearts to cut out and use them to write a secret note, and then fold it up into a mini envelope; they could also be used a gift tags; free printable

I Love you – thaumatrope  (wildolive) a round tag with a heart on one side and words on the other, saying I love you; a very simple but very cute craft idea; free printable

Love – scrabble gram  (ohhappyday) write a Bible verse or a personal message of love to your child using coloured scrabble letters and pop them in a mini envelope for your homeschool students; or use the idea to make your own on an A4 sheet of paper for your sponsored child to cut out and assemble as a craft; depending on the age of your child, you may need to include some hints or an answer page

Fountain of Hearts – envelope surprise  (mrprintables) send a personal message of love with a favourite Bible verse; this could be adapted to fit on one sheet of paper for your sponsored child to do as a craft; Animal – hug a pompom craft  an easy and cute craft for kids – white bunnies and white bears hugging a pompom, that could also be done with a paper heart or candy; Heart – party hats  2 designs – red hearts on white, white hearts on red; Heart-shaped eyeglasses – craft  to make and wear; free printable

Alligator Snap – craft  (skiptomylou) a cute pillow box craft of an alligator with a special message in its mouth and can be filled with treats; cut, fold and glue craft; free printable

Love Wreath – craft  (familyatthefootofthecross; scroll down) make a Scripture wreath using heart shapes around a heart-shaped centre; this would also work well with a cross-shaped centre; make it on a large sheet of paper then scan it to send to your sponsored child

Foil heart – craft for toddlers  (easypreschoolcraft) perfect for your toddler to make, and then scan to send to your sponsored child

Heart – craft  (artistshelpingchildren) with a face and hands tipping a top hat

Love – printables  (Christianpreschoolprintables) crafts, size sequence, cards, pop up card, decorations, Bible verse printables, games, hidden cross craft and file folder game. Adapt these ideas for any age.

Animals in Love – pop up cards to make  (krokotak) print, cut out, fold and colour – dinosaur, whale, elephant, hedgehog; free printable

Hearts – mobile  (duckduckgo) hang hearts to make a mobile, or use for crafts and cards; plain, decorate or add a tiny touch of glitter; free printable

Heart – origami  (handmadecharlotte) make your own origami letter writing kit for kids using wrapping or scrapbooking paper; Hot Air Balloons – craft pink and red hot air balloons made from tissue paper to make as suncatchers, mobiles or decorations; Secret Message of Love – craft activity with a black and white message in a frame. When you grab the pull tab, out comes a secret message, completely colored; free printable

Love – origami paper craft  (paththroughthenarrowgate) make an animal finger puzzle; in colour or to colour; free printable

Sweetheart Cards – craft  (auntannie) with pockets that can be filled with treats; Heart – scrapbooking paper (click on ‘pastel hearts’) coloured hearts on white background; white hearts on red background (click on ‘white hearts on red’); free printable

Notes of Love – paper bag booklet to make  (rosinahuber) filled with little notes of love and treats

Heart – handbag  (canon) paper craft to make with red hearts on red and white background; free printable

Heart – suncatcher craft  (firstpalette) stained glass suncatchers made out of tissue paper fragments; Stitched Heart Envelope – craft to hold your notes of love; Heart – templates to cut out, colour, and use for crafts; free printable

Heart – templates  (creativecenter.brother) pink hearts with various patterns (gingham, polka dots, flowers, plain, stripes) to cut out and use for crafts; Heart – templates pink hearts with various patterns (flowers, stripes and polka dots) to make a bunting or to use for crafts; free printable

Swirly Red Heart – templates  (printablepartykits) red and cream swirly hearts to cut out and use for crafts; free printable

Heart – templates  (fellowes) white heart on red swirl background to cut out and use for crafts, or use as gift tags; free printable

Heart – templates  (minted) plain, striped or polka dot hearts to cut out and use for crafts; free printable

Heart – silhouette templates  (silhouettegarden) to cut out and use for crafts; free printable

Heart – templates  (meinlilapark) in pretty pastel colours to cut out and use for crafts; Heart – scrapbooking paper pink and red hearts on white background to cut out and use for crafts; free printable

Tiny hearts – scrapbooking paper  (frompond) tiny coloured hearts on white background to cut out and use for crafts; Hearts and Smiles – scrapbook paper tiny coloured hearts and yellow smiley faces on pale blue background with tiny polka dots; Hearts – scrapbook paper large white hearts on brightly coloured squares – pink, blue, yellow, green, purple, orange and lime; Heart Doodles – scrapbook paper purple, pink, yellow and blue hearts on white background with swirls and dots; Heart – scrapbook paper white scribble hearts on blue and pink check background; free printable

Heart – paper chain craft  (allsorts) decorate with these sweet pink, red, apricot and white paper chains; free printable (via email, after leaving a comment)

Love Teddy Bears – huggers  (liagriffith) cute teddy bears hugging red hearts; a felt activity that could be adapted for paper; Animal – candy huggers animal templates hugging a chocolate in their arms; members only

Heart – origami  (activityvillage) hide a note of love, a tiny photo and a favourite Bible verse inside an origami heart; use them as a gift tags, name tags or place cards; decorate a bookmark or greeting card; thread a loop and hang them up; make a mobile; or put them in a frame; instructions are free printable; template for members only

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DANISH HEARTS CRAFTS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Danish hearts (woven strips) are a lot of fun, and when you are making them with your own kids, have a play with paper of different textures – e.g. metallic, shiny, linen, embossed, glitter paper, craft or scrapbooking paper, origami paper, gift wrapping paper

Danish Hearts  (tipjunkie) a larger heart with woven strips through it, then a smaller heart on top with Bible verse from 1 John 4:19 – We love because He first loved us; free printable

Danish Hearts  (haabet) with clear how-to illustrations

Danish Hearts  (wardi) with different shaped heart strips

Danish Hearts  (auntannie) make a little heart-shaped paper basket; decorate with extra tiny hearts; free printable

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VALENTINE / LOVE / JUST BECAUSE ~ LEARN TO DRAW FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Framed Heart  (hallmark; click on ‘framed heart’) draw whatever you want in this rectangular doodle frame decorated with a heart; pdf; free printable

Draw your child  (coloring-nicole; scroll down) on one side of this blank heart and you (or your family) on the other; this is a great one to get your own kids involved with; free printable

A single, long-stemmed rose – learn to draw  (artprojectsforkids); Pretty Roses – learn to draw circle-shaped; Draw a face to go behind the heart-shaped glasses; Hearts and Fireworks  draw hearts with radiating coloured lines around them to create this fun effect; free printable

A single, long-stemmed rose – learn to draw  (how-to-draw-cartoons) simple but lovely; Rose in full bloom – learn to draw; free printable

Teddy Bear with heart – learn to draw  (drawinghowtodraw; scroll down)

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VALENTINE / LOVE / JUST BECAUSE ~ PHOTO FUN FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Found a photo frame or scrapbook page with two or more hearts? Use one frame for a photo and the other for a Bible verse or a personal message of love; or put your photo (or your family’s photo) in one frame and your child’s photo in the other.

Guard your Heart – photo frame  (Paper Gifts for Estefany; scroll down) with Bible verse from Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it; free printable

FREE Bible Photo Frame with Bible verse from Proverbs 4.23 in soft swirly blue; add your child's photo!

DIY Love Explosion – craft  (thedatingdivas) when the lid is removed on this little box, the sides “explode” out, with over twenty sides to cover in creative ways. Think photos, pictures, doodles, sweet love notes, and even stickers; a beautiful personal gift to brighten your child’s day; free printable

Pink Hearts – photo frame  (yopriceville) mottled pink frame with pale pink hearts; Mauve Hearts – photo frame; Pink Swirl – photo frame heart-shaped frame with pink beads, gold and white swirls, and pink flower; free printable

Our Heart to yours – photo frame  (creativecenter.brother) add your photo to this red and pink frame with tiny white hearts; free printable

Toddler Love – photo fun  (iammomma) Got a cute little toddler? Send some photos of them blowing kisses to your sponsored child; a cute idea for all year round.

Your child’s photo will look cute in this kids ‘mini me’ love  (artprojectsforkids) and why not add your photo to one too, so you can ‘sit’ next to your child.

Love Surprise – craft  (sundayschoolkids) a heart pops open to reveal a surprise – add your child’s photo, a note and a Bible verse about love; then decorate

Bright Pink Hearts – photo frame  (canon) in a doodle style; Love – scrapbook kit  in gingham, stripes and polka dots in red, mauve and white; Love – scrapbook kit in similar colours with more white in the background; Love – scrapbook kit with a large xoxo; Love – scrapbook kit red gingham and hearts; add your child’s photo or your family photo; more photo fun ideas; free printable

This free printable smarties frame would go great with a verse like Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Idea: choose different font colours to match the smarties. Or have a sneak peek at how I used this frame for one of my own kids.

Frames of Love – photo fun  links to 20+ photo editing sites for some cute photo ideas for your child’s photo or your family photo

More FREE Photo Frames  (scroll down); add your child’s photo or your family photo to one of these frames; free printable

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VALENTINE / LOVE / JUST BECAUSE ~ PAPER GIFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Guard your Heart – FREE paper gifts (red)  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) Bible poster and matching wallet cards with Bible verse from Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it; free printable

FREE Bible Poster Proverbs 4.23 FREE Bible wallet cards with Bible verse Proverbs 4.23

Guard your Heart – FREE paper gifts (blue)  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) Bible poster, bookmarks, bookmark corners, to do list, notepaper, and wallet cards on a sweet blue background with Bible verse from Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it; free printable

FREE Bible Poster Proverbs 4.23 in soft swirly blue FREE Bible Bookmark Proverbs 4.23 in soft swirly blue FREE Bible Notepaper; Proverbs 4.23 in soft swirly blue FREE To Do List with Bible verse from Proverbs 4.23 in soft swirly blue FREE Bible Bookmark Corners; Proverbs 4.23 in soft swirly blue

Cupcake – FREE paper gifts  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) Bible poster, bookmark, wallet cards, to-do list; sweet pink and white designs with Bible verse featuring a frosted snowy cupcake in a colourful striped cup topped with a tiny gold star sitting on pink hearts and sprinkles; perfect to shower your child with love; free printable

FREE paper gifts with pink and white cupcake, sprinkles, a tiny gold star and pink hearts; Bible verse from Psalm 119:103; free printable FREE Bible poster featuring pink and white cupcake with sprinkles, a tiny gold star and pink hearts; Bible verse from Psalm 119:103; free printable FREE pink and white bookmark with cupcake, sprinkles, a tiny gold star and pink hearts; Bible verse from Psalm 119:103; free printable FREE mini to do list featuring pink and white cupcake with sprinkles, a tiny gold star and pink hearts; Bible verse from Psalm 119:103; free printable FREE Bible wallet cards with delicious pink and white cupcakes with sprinkles, a tiny gold star and pink hearts; Bible verse from Psalm 119:103; free printable

Father’s Love Letter – Bible poster  (fathersloveletter) a beautiful selection of Bible verses written as a love letter from God to you; available in 116 different languages and various formats so there is something for everyone; a great idea for any day and all year round; free printable

FathersLoveLetterSpanish

John 3:16 – Bible poster for kids  (happyhomefairy) the best love note ever; the Bible verse is written to spell out the word ‘valentine’ in mauve, pink, green and yellow; free printable

100 ways to encourage a child  (fatherhood.org) free poster to tell your child how much you love them; send the whole poster or include snippets from it in your letter; free printable

You are loved – 5×7 poster  (amyjdelightful) decorated with sweet little birds and flowers in pastel pink, blue, teal, and white; free printable

1 Corinthians 13 ~ Bible poster  (falala) word art in various colours; free printable

‘Owl always love you’ – poster  (giraldohouseofpink) with bold pink writing and clip art; free printable

Love is – bookmarks  (thecraftyclassroom) small hanging coloured hearts on a white background; with Bible verse excerpts – love is patient; love is kind; love never fails; God is love; 4 designs; free printable

John 3:16 – bookmarks  (sundayschoolzone) bright pink bookmarks with white hearts around the border and Bible verse from John 3:16 – For God so loved the world; Love is Kind – bookmarks red bookmarks with white hearts around border; John 3:16 – bookmarks to colour Bible verse with a heart; John 3:16 – bookmarks to colour Bible verse with a cross; 4 per page; free printable

Hearts of Love – bookmarks  (graphicgarden) with sweet country graphics and room to add a favourite Bible verse on the back; Love – labels; Love – scrapbook/gift tags; Love – to do lists; and Love – recipe cards; free printable

Heart – bookmarks  (creativecenter.brother) pink, green, black and white; flowers, stripes, hearts; free printable

Heart – bookmarks to colour  (carlaschauer) filled with different heart shapes in a fun doodle style; 5 per page; free printable

Heart – bookmarks  (bookmarkbee) pink and red stitched hanging hearts on white and pink polka dot background and tied with a string bow; free printable

Love – Bible wallet cards for kids  (blessedbeyondadoubt) various Bible verses in 12 designs – a teddy bear blowing kisses; a turtle holding flowers; others holding hearts – lion, cow, penguin, dog; chick, elephant, giraffe, fox, mouse, monkey; 4 per page; in colour or to colour; free printable

Love – verse cards  (busybooksandmore) 36 designs of kids, animals, hearts graphics with Bible verses; 4 per page; free printable

Sweet little notes of love  (amyjdelightful) animal cards in pretty pastel pink, green and white, polka dots, hearts and flowers; there is a sweet little butterfly with hearts saying ‘I love you lots and lots’; a cute turtle saying ‘I love you it’s true’; a sweet pink Bambi saying ‘You’re such a dear’; an elephant, cat, and birds; 6 per page; add a Bible verse and a note of encouragement on the back, or adhere them to the front of a nice quality piece of folded card to make your own greeting cards; free printable

Mini Love Cards  (ministryark) Bible wallet cards with hearts and a selection of Bible verses in red, blue, green and white; 6 per page; free printable

Be my valentine – cards  (homegrownhospitality) bright pink, red and aqua in a doodle style; 6 per page; free printable

Love – Bible wallet cards for kids  (Christianpreschoolprintables; scroll down to ‘Valentine’s Day Bible Verse Cards’) cute animal pairs in tiny wooden boats with Bible verses about love and decorated with hearts, rainbows, clouds in soft colours; add a personal note of encouragement on the back; 8 per page; free printable

Jesus Loves Me – wallet cards  (eggloeggs; click on ‘print the cards double-sided’) to make a treat with a deeper meaning and to share God’s love; with words, Jesus loves me this I know (on the front) because the Bible tells me so (on the back) and decorated with hearts, cross and Bible; 8 per page; free printable

Love – Bible wallet cards  (rachelwojo; scroll down) Bible verse cards in red, pink, mauve and white; 8 per page; free printable

Love – Bible wallet cards for kids  (childrens-ministry-deals) pink, purple and mauve cards decorated with hearts and Bible verses from Psalm 119:11; John 3:16; Psalm 37:4; 1 Corinthians 13:4; 1 John 4:16; Mark 12:30; Romans 12:9 and one with words ‘Jesus loves you and so do I’; 8 per page; free printable (via ‘add to cart’)

Animals in Love – wallet cards  (printabelle) with cute animal graphics – monkey, whale, hedgehog, owl, bee, elephant – on yellow and blue backgrounds with bright pink border; free printable (via ‘add to cart’)

Heart – labels/name tags  (nametagjungle) with pink and red curly border; Heart – labels/name tags pink and red heart-shaped; add a Bible verse and make your own wallet cards; free printable

Hearts and Kisses – gift labels  (worldlabel) in playful polka dots or pretty pink watercolour; Lovebirds – gift labels  pale pink, dark pink and white labels; that can be used for crafts or for a special treat; free printable

Heart – notepaper  (printfreecards) with a border of pink, red, purple and dark red hearts; free printable

Heart – mini to do notes  (supercoloring) red and white; Love – mini to do notes green and brown flowers on beige and white background; free printable

Heart – scrapbook tags  (canon) in cream, brown, beige and red colours; Love – gift tags  pink, red, orange, and white; free printable

Love – gift coupons  (printablepartykits) pink and white heart background, with white curly bracket, designed for any time of the year to give your loved ones a gift that cannot be bought; make a booklet; free printable

Love – gift coupons  (leehansen; click on the picture) pink rose border; 6 per page; make a booklet of gift coupons for any time of the year; free printable

Love – gift coupons  (clipartandcrafts) on pink heart background; 3 per page; free printable

Heart – gift box  (donteatthepaste) in pink, gold and white colours; Heart – gift box  pink hearts and stripes; Heart – gift box  5 colours – pink, orange, green, blue, mauve; include some heart stickers or printable hearts with Bible verses about God’s love, e.g. John 3:16, Colossians 3:12; free printable

Heart – treat box  (canon) a pink and white box to make with the word ‘love’ written on it, that closes with a large red and pink heart on top; free printable

I Love You – certificate  (printthistoday) make it official and let your child have a constant reminder of how much you love them; 5 designs; free printable

Certificate of Love  (creativecertificates; scroll down) customize and personalise your message; add your child’s photo to one of these templates or use the ideas to make your own; free printable

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VALENTINE / LOVE / JUST BECAUSE ~ MORE CREATIVE IDEAS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

  • Make a heart shaped peek-a-boo card showing just the eyes peeking through. Delight your child when they open it up to discover a photo of your face or your child’s face inside.
  • Cut heart shapes from your own child’s finger paintings and use them to decorate your letter or join them together with a strip of paper; simple, very easy; sweet.
  • Make or draw cute bugs made out of hearts.
  • Make or draw a cute heart-shaped animal face, like an elephant; or a ladybug with heart shaped dots
  • Add a Bible Verse to a favourite image, add your child’s name and a personal message of love and make your own:
    Bible Poster / Verse Card
    Bible Note Cards
    Bible Bookmark  add your child’s name!
    Bible Wallet Cards
    Bible Stickers
    Bible Verse in a Photo Frame
    Stationery

20 Life-Giving Phrases for our kids  (happyhomefairy) Share these 20 life giving encouraging phrases with your child. Let’s speak LIFE over our kids and point them to Jesus!

I know something good about you  (coachingchronicles; scroll down) catchy, isn’t it? Don’t you just love that? Just what our kids need to hear. Adapt this classroom idea for your sponsored child. “…at the end of each year, the teacher writes something good about the student. The incoming teacher uses that valuable piece of information to make sure that every student feels loved as they enter their classroom on the first day of school in the new year…” Encourage your child and make them feel really special with this great bookmark idea; or tell them how much you love them; add your child’s name and a favourite Bible verse.

I love you because…  (tipjunkie) more creative ideas to tell your child how much you love them; you could also use this idea to draw a page of doodles, or fill an envelope with mini love notes.

Hide a note or Bible verse about God’s love in a mini envelope, and fill with paper hearts or heart stickers; free printable

Plant seeds of love... Image: cutecolors.com

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VALENTINE / LOVE / JUST BECAUSE ~ STATIONERY FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Guard your Heart – FREE stationery (red)  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) with Bible verse from Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it; by Paper Gifts for Estefany; free printable

FREE Stationery with Bible verse Proverbs 4.23

Guard your Heart – FREE stationery (blue)  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) stationery and note cards in sweet pastel blue with matching mini envelopes and mini note cards; Bible verse from Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it; free printable

FREE Stationery with Bible verse from Proverbs 4.23 in soft swirly blue coloursFREE Bible Mini Envelopes + Mini Note Cards; Proverbs 4.23 in soft swirly blueFREE Bible Note Cards; Proverbs 4.23 in soft swirly blue

Cupcake – FREE stationery  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) stationery, note cards, envelope, envelope liner, mini envelopes; sweet pink and white designs with Bible verse featuring a frosted snowy cupcake in a colourful striped cup topped with a tiny gold star sitting on pink hearts and sprinkles; free printable

FREE stationery on pink background with delicious pink and white cupcake with sprinkles, a tiny gold star and pink hearts; Bible verse from Psalm 119:103; free printableFREE paper gifts with pink and white cupcake, sprinkles, a tiny gold star and pink hearts; Bible verse from Psalm 119:103; free printableFREE mini envelopes and mini note cards with pink and white cupcake, sprinkles, a tiny gold star and pink hearts; Bible verse from Psalm 119:103; free printableFREE pink and white envelope with cupcake, sprinkles, a tiny gold star and pink hearts; Bible verse from Psalm 119:103; free printableFREE pink and white envelope liner with cupcake, sprinkles, a tiny gold star and pink hearts; Bible verse from Psalm 119:103; free printableFREE stationery with delicious pink and white cupcake with sprinkles, a tiny gold star and pink hearts; Bible verse from Psalm 119:103; free printable

Hearts of Love – stationery  (graphicgarden; scroll down to ‘seasonal’ – ‘valentine’); Hearts – greeting cards  (scroll down to ‘other seasons/holidays’); Hearts – envelopes; adorable designs in a sweet country style; free printable

Heart – stationery  (museprintables) 180+ coloured heart borders; add a favourite Bible verse; free printable

Love – stationery  (pageborders.org) several designs to choose from with borders of hearts, doodles, dots and stripes in various colours; add a favourite Bible verse; free versions are fine

Love – stationery  (stationerytree)  some are the same as the link above but they are available in blank, lined or handwriting in different colours; add a favourite Bible verse; free versions are fine

Love – stationery  (sophia-designs) for your note of love; several designs to choose from; lined or unlined; here is a sweet little one with apricot bows – blank or lined; a teddy bear holding a bunch of red roses and an envelopeblank or lined; a tub of heart-shaped balloons – blank or lined; a mauve elephant blowing hearts and ‘a ton of love coming your way’ – blank or lined; a border of purple, orange, green, yellow and pink coloured hearts – blank or lined; a rose threaded through the word ‘love’ against a pink topper – blank or lined; apricot hearts and xoxo down your page – blank or lined; free printable

Notes of Love – lined stationery for kids  (mondedestitounis) some cute designs for younger children; beautifully coloured; while you are there, click on ‘autre papiers’ (other papers) to find more; free printable

Love – stationery  (canon) word art border in red, gold and white on beige background with matching envelope; Sweet Pink Roses – stationery in 3 colours; Teddy Bear holding Heart – stationery in 3 colours; Heart – stationery  one large single heart with a background wash in 3 colours; Heart – stationery  hearts with a background wash in 7 colours with matching envelopes; Heart – pop up card; Heart – greeting card heart-shaped wreath of red, apricot and mauve watercolour flowers; Chocolate Cake – pop up card; Heart and Bluebirds – pop up card; Love – envelope  pink envelope with red gift-box bow; free printable

Love – letter writing set for kids  (picklebums) stationery and envelopes with hearts on red and white background; free printable

Love – lined stationery  (mintprintables) a teddy bear holding a big red heart with gold sash; Mouse with Heart-shaped Balloon – lined stationery; free printable

Hearts – stationery  (amphorastationery; scroll down to bottom)  featuring a border of brightly coloured hearts; free printable

Heart – stationery  (wpclipart) with red, pink and purple hearts around the border; free printable

God’s Valentine – greeting card  (Godlovesyou) with a beautiful selection of Bible verses from the Father’s Love Letter; free printable

Heart – greeting card  (creativecenter.brother) a large heart full of smaller pink and red hearts on pale pink and white background, with darker pink scalloped border; free printable

Little Love Notes – cards  (falala) I lovely love you / Happy Love Day / You are loved – cute little cards in soft colours; add a Bible verse and a personal note of love; Mini Love Notes with magenta swirly writing on a soft blue background saying, Sending you hugs and kisses / You are so loved by me; free printable

Heart – mini cards  (meinlilapark) and envelope seals in pink, orange and white; free printable

Teddy Bear with Red Heart – card  (mrprintables; click on the text under the image) on pink background; also available as writing paper and envelopes (scroll down) in 3 colours – green, red, yellow; Robot – card blue robot face with red hearts for eyes; free printable

Heart – greeting card  (worldlabel) a red heart inside a circle, on top of a red and white strip, with red and white striped background; and matching envelope seals; free printable

Letters of Love – stationery  (scroll down) a mother lode of free stationery and there is lots here suitable for your letter of love; free printable

Wild about you – greeting card  (frecklebox) a cute little orange and black tiger on pink striped background, saying ‘I’m wild about you’; Out of this World – greeting card rocket ship to colour; both can be personalised with your child’s name; print, cut and fold; free printable (via ‘add to cart’)

Hugs – pop up card  (liagriffith) two hot air balloons joined together with a bunting saying ‘hugs’, pink and red heart balloons and animals; members only

I love you – stationery  (activityvillage) in a fun doodle style for kids; blank, lined or handwriting; members only

Jazz up your envelopes for your homeschool or Sunday school class if you are including any special treats like heart stickers

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Word Cloud Generators  NOT feeling creative? But want to do something special for your sponsored child? Type in a Bible verse about love – in any language; click a button and it will do creativity for you. Or type in your child’s name; add some words of love about them. Make it a gift your child will treasure

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Phew, that post was enormous. There are enough ideas in here to keep us going for months. And when you write to your sponsored child, make sure to tell them about Jesus… don’t forget!  :)

Tell them about Jesus!

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9 thoughts on “Love / Just Because ~ Links

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  6. You have a beautiful site! we sponsor through world vision and this is such an amazing amount of fun things you have put together for the children. I have had so much fun looking through your posts!

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